Forget about Twilight and True Blood, Concrete Blonde’s landmark album Bloodletting is turning 20 and the real vampires are coming to have a drink and walk around a city near you! Concrete Blonde will tour the US for the first time in 7 years with a set list celebrating the album and their career. Released in 1990, Bloodletting spawned the top 20 hit “Joey,” as well as Concrete Blonde classics “Tomorrow, Wendy”, “Caroline”, and “The Sky Is a Poisonous Garden”. It quickly became their most successful album. Read more
Archive for April 2010
This is a brand new video from Cincinnati’s own Freekbass. The video is “We Are ND”. A couple people who work for Notre Dame liked Freekbass’ “Reds Fan” video so much they asked Freekbass to shoot a video for them. I was lucky enough to get to follow along during the video shoot. It was quite an experience to get to see places on campus that not everyone gets to see.
Santeria Frontman Brother Dege to Launch Solo Tour April 29 – Performing at Southgate House (Junies Lounge) May 15
LAFAYETTE, LA – Get ready for some raw dirt, railroad pounding, swamp-fried, Louisiana Mekong Delta blues music. Like the mad lovechild of Robert Johnson and Jim Morrison, Dege Legg (aka Brother Dege), the Cajun-born and Louisiana-raised leader of the band Santeria, releases his highly anticipated “slide/Dobro record” entitled Folk Songs Of The American Longhair, produced by 4x Grammy-winner Tony Daigle (Dr. John, Sonny Landreth, Gatemouth Brown, Bobby Charles), Legg and Primo (also from Santeria). This is Delta Blues for the 21st Century, raging out of the swamplands of Louisiana. Dripping with atmosphere and backwoods noir. The real deal—death-obsessed, god-fearing, foot stomping acoustic blues steeped in the devilish myths and haunted ambience that permeates every inch of Louisiana. Factor in some Historic longhaired rock & roll influences – from Sabbath to Black Flag – and you’ve got an art project and anthropological study wrapped in one time traveling package. Read more
at Mulberry Mountain
June 3-6, 2010
As if there weren’t enough things to get you excited for Wakarusa – we’ve confirmed a carnival for this year’s festival! That’s right, fun for young and old – carnival style! Best of all, we’ll have a 7 story Ferris Wheel to give you dazzling views of the festival grounds and the Ozark Mountains!
Conscious Alliance Food Drive
Wakarusa and The Conscious Alliance are proud to announce that we will once again be hosting a food drive to benefit the local community. All patrons that donate 10 nonperishable food items will receive a limited-edition Wakarusa poster created by artist Rob Marx. Read more
Mississippi Delta Singer/Pianist Eden Brent Takes Her Sound Downriver To New Orleans On Her Most Eclectic Album To Date
As the crow flies, the distance between Greenville, MS and New Orleans, LA is just 300 miles. But when pianist Eden Brent traveled from her hometown of Greenville to the Crescent City to record ‘Ain’t Got No Troubles,’ her sophomore album for Yellow Dog Records, she added 100 miles to the journey, eschewing the interstate for the meandering country highways that parallel the Mississippi River’s serpentine route.
That circuitous road trip, which ended at New Orleans’ Piety Street Studios (Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint, The Blind Boys of Alabama) where she recorded with producer Colin Linden (Mavis Staples, Cassandra Wilson), could serve as an analogy for Brent’s own career.
For sixteen years starting in her late teens, Brent served as apprentice (and later, as manager and duet partner) to Abie “Boogaloo” Ames, one of the last of the great Mississippi Delta pianists. The stint netted Brent the nickname “Little Boogaloo” and a partiality for a decidedly eclectic repertoire, learned from Ames, who would pepper his sets with everything from down home blues and boogie-woogie to Broadway hits and Ellington.
Brent’s decision to look south to New Orleans was a quest to further broaden her sound: Working with bassist George Porter, Jr., she and Linden injected her gritty, rootsy music with spicy elements that earmark the unmistakable Crescent City sound.
The title track (one of eight on the disc penned by Brent) evokes a typical New Orleans afternoon, where good times seem to beckon from every corner bar. Bringing to mind a tradition started by the late James Booker, Brent strips away all the excess for the daringly bare “Blues All Over,” then electrifies the room for the rip-roaring, Jerry Lee Lewis-styled “Let’s Boogie-Woogie.” A syncopated rumba beat drives “In Love With Your Wallet.”
The Memphis soul-pop song “Leave Me Alone” features a horn section, thick slide guitar, and Jon Cleary’s lowdown organ chords, which effortlessly intermingle with Brent’s emotive, smoke-stained vocals. Read more
“Phish 3D” opens this Friday for a very limited engagement near you.
With over 2 hours of Phish favorites, acoustic performances and songs from the band’s Mask of Exile on Main St., Phish 3D is a new kind of concert experience. Shot at Festival 8, Rollingstone.com called Phish 3D, “not just a thrilling movie-going experience but also the most intimate view yet of the band at work.”
Get your tickets now for showings at Showcase Springdale 18: Cinema de Lux.
The band will be kicking the tour off with a triumphant return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, CO for three nights! From there they will make their way up to the Pacific Northwest, down through the midwest towards Chicago, IL for three nights, up through New England including a stop at Radio City Music Hall, then making their way back down south, ending the tour with two nights in Charlotte, NC Read more
Features Freekbass, DJ Logic and Steve Molitz from Particle
Photos by Scott Preston
The threat of pounding rain and tornado warnings did not stop fans from honoring this great planet of ours by celebrating Jimmy’s Earth Day Jam at Tree Farm in Middletown, OH. Saturday April 24th also marked the final event to be held at Tree Farm, so there was much to celebrate. Due to the rain, the event was moved inside the barn, but the bands or the fans did not seem to mind. The festival line-up was Clayphish, Randy Roark, Trunk Bound Regime, Burnt Grass, Magic Jackson, Tony Herdman, and The Werks. What a line-up for the last jam at the farm. Read more